(Closed) Reception Issue

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should we put more money into having a longer, more relaxed reception with more party time allowance
    Put more Money into it : (11 votes)
    29 %
    Move the party elsewhere : (7 votes)
    18 %
    End it there : (20 votes)
    53 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We had our venue until midnight… Honestly, half of our guests left around 8 and we were ready to be alone in our hotel room by 9… our party naturally wound down before 10.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Just keep it till ten, and eliminate some of the unnecessary things, like the garter and bouquet toss.  Have the father/daughter and mother/son dance at the same time.  

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    @peachacid:  100% agree

    Our ceremony and reception is being held at the same venue, but we have the place from 3 p.m. to 9p.m., ceremony start time is 3:30 p.m., cocktail hour is from 4 to 5, and dinner dancing from 5-9. However since the wedding is over so early in the evening we are having an after party at the hotels bar lounge where we reserved our wedding room block, its only 3miles from the venue. I will have my DJ announce at the end of the evening that all guests are welcome to attend the cash bar after party, and I am supplying direction cards from the venue to the hotel. You could consider doing something like this as well.

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I vote to end the party there at 10:30. We are doing something similar in that, our venue is holding both our ceremony and reception as well, and we are planning to have ours go from 4:30 until 9, then if anyone wants, they can either stay at the venue to party (it’s a dance club/music venue that will have an event following our wedding) or come out with us to a low-key afterparty. 

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    @mishagirls79:  This is almost word for word exactly what our situation is as well 🙂

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    @BookishBelle:  And we are date twins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    @mishagirls79:  I didn’t notice that, yay love it! I haven’t found many other date twins so far 🙂

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I wanted to leave my reception half hour into it – I wanted to be alone with my husband! In two hours we fit everything into our reception plus some except a dinner all in under two hours

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Our reception started at 4:30, dinner was at 5 and dancing started at 6.  I wanted it to go later and have it last into the night so that the lights we strung up showed more, but it was naturally winding down around 8:30.  I think you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy everything without needing the extra hours. 

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    @BookishBelle:  Your my first date twin on this site! Not many people getting married in January! Can I ask why you choose January?

    We choose Sunday January 20th because its Martin Luter King weekend, so some people will be off from work and school that Monday. It was cheaper to get married in the winter on a Sunday, I’d rather be cold in my gown than a hot sweaty mess, and WE WANT SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I think you should just move it somewhere else. You have family traveling and although some of your guests might be gone at around 10 it sounds like your family won’t. There are probably other venues that could offer you a much better deal so why not look around first before putting more money into it? 

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    @mishagirls79:  Other than the summer (which I can’t stand, I sweat too easily LOL), it was the only date we could find where everybody could make it…we have family overseas who don’t get the same holiday breaks we do, we have many family members still in varying levels of school, including our maid of honor in college in LA (we’re getting married on the east coast) and best man in college in Texas, so they needed enough time to travel. Sunday actually wasn’t any cheaper for us, but we figured if we did Sunday instead of Saturday, that gave one more travel day for people flying so if something went wrong (snow, etc), they had a better chance of sorting it out and getting a flight the next day and still making it 🙂

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Consider an “after-party” location – a great bar nearby or someplace similar -no reservation, no fees, just let people know that anyone who wants to kerp going can show up there after the reception. We did that and it was a great choice – tired guests could bail, ones still hopping could!

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